Peter William Ham was born on April 27, 1947 in the
"Townhill" district of Swansea, South Wales. Pete
began to play the mouth organ at age 4. He got his
first guitar at Christmas of 1959. Pete started his
first group in 1963 with guitarist Dave Franklin and
drummer Roy Anderson, playing Shadows instrumentals.
After adding a bass player (John Horrel) and vocals to
the band, Pete's group went through various names: The
Panthers, The Black Velvets and The Wild Ones. By
1964, David Jenkins had replaced Dave Franklin and
Terry Gleason had replaced Roy Anderson. In Mid-1964,
Pete's group took on a new bass player, Ron Griffiths
and a new name, The Iveys.
In November, 1969, they changed their name to
Badfinger. In late-August 1974, Pete briefly quit the
group over a disagreement about the group's business
affairs, but rejoined the band in late-September in
time for their U.K. tour supporting the group "Man".
By the morning of April 24, 1975, with everything
going against him, a penniless & depressed Pete
Ham hanged himself in his garage studio. On his
birthday in 2013, in his home town of Swansea, Pete
Ham was honored with a Blue Plaque and a tribute
concert with many of his family, friends, and fans in
biography information from Dan
Matovina's "Without You, The Tragic Story of
Ham solo demos on CD
Ham news & features
official web site for Pete Ham: www.peteham.net
official Facebook page for Pete Ham: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pete-Ham...
official MySpace page for Pete Ham: https://myspace.com/pete.ham
artwork of Pete Ham & Tom Evans,
plus demo recordings
Matovina's Badfinger biography web page
The Very Best of Pete Ham
playlist by Tom Brennan
posted June 3, 2001, revised April
Pete Ham -
Swansea's Master of Melody
The poster above can be found near the exit
to the train station in Swansea, South Wales.
Click on the image above for a
high resolution, readable .pdf file.